THE OFFICE: A Toned Down Michael

This week it was a return to THE OFFICE, and more importantly, the Michael Scott that we’ve come to know and love throughout the past three seasons. Yes, Michael was still a bit over-the-top (as he’s prone to be). But he was over-the-top in a good way — a passionate way — not in the socially awkward he must have some type of social disability kind of way. More to the point, at no point during Michael’s ‘lesson’ was I reaching for the remote and wishing I was still a fan of SURVIVOR.

Michael was on his best behavior last night. Crazy, yes — but crazy about his job, the office and Dunder Mifflin as a whole. In fact, you can’t help but admire him for his dedication to the company and the people he works with (or as he likes to call them — ‘his friends’). Moving Ryan (as if he’d fire Ryan!) to work in the ‘Annex’ with Kelly was a great move. Not only will we get more of the hilarious Kelly/Ryan dynamic — Jim’s now free to move back to his old desk. Thus, the return of the classic Jim/Pam glances.

While on the subject of Pam, I loved how Michael made it a point to make an appearance at Pam’s art show. His moment with Pam was truly touching and something Pam really needed. Especially after Gil’s criticism of her work.

Gil: Real art takes courage, okay? And honesty.?

Oscar: Well, those aren’t Pam’s strong points.?

Gil: Yeah, exactly. That’s why this is motel art.

And finally, yes Roy showed up, and to my surprise, Jim didn’t. But when the best Roy can muster is, “Your art was the prettiest art of all the art.” I take solace in the fact that the Roy Pam relationship won’t last past May.

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  • Brynhildur

    loved the episode. Roy can’t change.. at least not enought. And Jim was hilarious

  • JennyC

    Dwight, Michael, Jim, and Pam were at their best this episode. I was so touched by Michael and Pam’s moment. Michael does care so much about his company and employees.
    Nice touch by the director to place a bat in the office. I sure hope he directs more of the episodes.
    Is there a chance?
    Did you see the deleted scene with Karen? OMG, still jealous.

  • Jennifer

    i loved it when angela said “there’s poop coming out of the ceiling. poop!”……….so funny. also jim was hilarious trying to convince dwight that he was turning into a vampire.

  • thetvaddict

    Jennifer.. nice to hear from you again :)
    I loved Angela’s bonnett…. she looked Amish

  • Common Sense

    Stanley nailed his one line of the night:


  • Tim

    Loved Roy’s little “your art” line, I laughed so hard when he said that. I love how he tried so hard to be nice and caring and sounded like a dumbass.

    Kind of makes you wonder why they spent a season rehabbing the character if they were just going to pull that, though.